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Recording: 2023-01-20 , Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Liina Magnea

She’s Constructing the Exit Signs (Hope & Delusion)

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

In «She’s Constructing the Exit Signs (Hope & Delusion)» Liina Magnea addresses the emotional function of the musical and musical film and how it can offer itself as a coping strategy in hopeless times. The musical asylum penetrates reality, creating a delusional construction of a fairytale world, while the actual surrounding is sad and gloomy.

The alternative reality being created helps the hungry, worn-out protagonist to imagine itself as a character of a fictional narrative where everything is possible – the ultimate escape.

written and performed by Hjörtur Hjörleifsson and Liina Magnea

Dilettante or genius it’s impossible to tell
Will it grant me access to some transcendental realm Creation or destruction have been unified in bond Eternal flow of energy colliding into one

Miles and miles and miles and miles
And miles of empty space
Infinite possibilities on which he meditates
A vision haunts his dreams at night at day it resonates His blessing are a curse at times
but he cannot escape
his fate

Introspective, all connected,
Built to last but still he wrecked it Slow then hectic, unexpected
A bit eclectic, yet protected
A thousand hackers tried to knack it But he made sure to double check it He always made sure to double check it.

Erect your monument on the grounds you did inherit Select your fate, the future’s made for us to share it Reject the government for its bound to turn to dust Eject the tape, erase the trace, it’s up to us

Your pain is not for nothing if you just put it in to context With the way you’re juxtaposed against the final backdrop

Obsessed with the idea of the immaterial Gesamtkunstwerk, LIINA MAGNEA combines music, movement, film dramaturgy and internet scrolling into shape shifting performances.
She studied fine art at HFBK in Hamburg and Rietveld in Amsterdam and graduated at HZT Berlin in choreography and dance. Her work has been shown at Volksbühne, Zodiak (Helsinki), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, among others. She composes music for film and television.

HJÖRTUR HJÖRLEIFSSON has lived in Vienna since 2011 and works as a musician, composer and producer. As a member of various bands, he has already worked on several album productions, including the debut album of the poetry-pop band Oehl, which was released on Herbert Grönemeyer’s renowned record label Grönland Records. Since 2022 he has been active in theatre, film, radio plays and performance, including at the Salzburg Festival, the Westphalian Kammerspiele and the Vienna Kultursommer, and is currently working on new German-language music with his band Endless Wellness.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1725

Cast & Credits

KOMPOSITION: Hjörtur Hjörleifsson
KOSTÜM, STYLING: Taylor Thoroski
LICHTDESIGN: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Eine Produktion von Liina Magnea in Koproduktion mit SOPHIENSÆLE.

Tanztage Berlin 2023
KURATION: Mateusz Szymanówka
PRODUKTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
PRESSE: Wayra Schuebel
Die 32. Tanztage Berlin sind eine Produktion der SOPHIENSÆLE.
Gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von: Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., HZT Berlin, Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Liina Magnea / Trailers and Video Documentations

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